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Tuggle Looks Like No. 1

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  August 28, 2009 06:26 PM

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Finally, a leader in the clubhouse or locker room in the Boston College QB derby.
At least for a few days and perhaps for a week and depending on what happens in next week's opener against Northeastern, perhaps even longer
"It's going to be a slash,'' said Boston College coach Frank Spaziani with a laugh today as he tried to explain how the depth chart at quarterback will look for next week's opening game of the season against Northeastern. "It's still somewhat of a fluid situation.''
But now there is also a clear pecking order which has redshirt freshman Justin Tuggle working with the first team and true freshman Mike Marscovetra working with the second team.
And then there is the added uncertainty of 25-year old freshman QB David Shinskie, who missed another day of practice with a cracked rib. Spaziani says Shinskie's return basically depends on Shinskie. "It's pain tolerance,'' he said. "So I don't know. If he (Shinkskie) comes out Tuesday and looks great then I will have to factor that in. I'm not sure that is going to happen.''
Spaziani made it clear that Tuesday was the latest he could wait for Shinskie to make a return. For now, however, the either or situation at QB is between Tuggle and Marscovetra, with Tuggle the clear leader.
Codi Boek, the other QB in the mix, has dropped down to No. 3 on the depth chart and No. 4 when Shinskie returns.
Tuggle, who came to BC with high expectations of being the QB of the future, sat out last season and then has had to absorb a new coaching staff and a new system through the spring and summer. It's been a rough trip.
""I'm getting comfortable with the offense and starting to pick up schemes pretty well,'' said Tuggle. "I just buckled down, tuned in and am starting to play the way I know I can play.''
Tuggle says he has been frustrated by the long period of inactivity. "Not playing up to my ability was frustrating more than anything,'' he said."Now I feel confident in my ability. I haven't played a real game in more than a year and I feel excited about (getting a chance) to lead this team to victory if Coach Spaziani chooses me.''
Spaziani hasn't done that--yet. The possibility of Shinskie coming back and taking over the offense by Tuesday could still happen, but for now Justin Tuggle is No. 1 as BC moves into its game mode.
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Eagles will work tomorrow and Sunday, take Monday off and then begin serious preparation for Northeastern on Tuesday. Wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah suffered a knee injury at the end of Wednesday scrimmage and could be sidelined for some time. Doctors will re-evaluate on Monday...Linebacker Mark Herzlich, who is battling cancer, will arrive in Boston today as he begins preparation for his senior semester at BC. Herzlich will be at every game and travel with the team as well. He is expected to visit the team for the first time on Sunday.

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